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BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

May 17, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan at 1:30 p.m. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



DETROIT — A $500 million settlement for victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar will not be divided equally but instead will be distributed based on many factors, such as the date of the sexual assaults, ages of the women and girls and the trauma, lawyers say. Michigan State University is setting aside $425 million for 332 victims and another $75 million for future claimants in the largest sex-abuse scandal in sports history. By Ed White and David Eggert. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.



FLINT, Mich. — Flint officials are implementing several collection and restoration programs to keep its water fund solvent as the city attempts to rebound from a lead-tainted water crisis. Flint Chief Financial Officer Hughey Newsome said plan to keep the fund out of the red includes extending a trial water fee collection period and issuing water liens. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


DETROIT — A group of immigrant advocates are walking from Detroit to Lansing to bring attention to deportations that separate families, including an Albanian man seeking sanctuary in a Detroit church. The 90-mile journey started Monday at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, where 48-year-old Ded Rranxburgaj has taken refuge since January. Rranxburgaj is facing an order for removal after his legal status expired. His wife has multiple sclerosis and depends on his care. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos requested.


— NUCLEAR PLANT-MICHIGAN: A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is operating at reduced power for additional repairs. DTE Energy says Fermi 2 in Monroe County was cut back to 63 percent power to make repairs to the one of two reactor feed pumps.

— NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY-WATER: Northern Michigan University has closed three campus buildings as a precautionary measure after initial water tests found inconsistent lead level readings.

— TROOPER CHARGED-MICHIGAN: A Michigan State Police trooper who was present when a Detroit boy crashed an ATV and died is fighting his dismissal. Trooper Ethan Berger is accused of drafting a false police report to try to assist another trooper, Mark Bessner, who fired a Taser at 15-year-old Damon Grimes seconds before the crash last summer.

— ROBBERY SUSPECT SHOT: A prosecutor says five police officers who fatally shot an armed robbery suspect who pointed a gun at them in southern Michigan acted properly and won’t be charged.

— SWORD ATTACK-MICHIGAN: A Michigan man accused of breaking into the home of his children’s mother and attacking her with a sword has been found competent to stand trial.

— MICHIGAN SLAYING-MUTILATION: A Michigan man who authorities say fatally stabbed a friend more than 50 times and cut off his fingers before dumping his body in a field has been convicted of second-degree murder.

— STORE SLAYINGS: The Michigan Supreme Court has reinstated the murder convictions of a man who was accused of killing two workers at a suburban Detroit store.



SEATTLE — After losing to the Tigers just days ago, Seattle’s Marco Gonzales gets another shot at Detroit on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Matthew Boyd gets the nod for Detroit to open the weekend set. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 10:10 p.m. ET.


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